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05-24-14 – Subway Cave


A short drive from Lassen Volcanic National Park is the Subway Cave, in Lassen National Forest. Subway Cave is actually a lava tube, formed about 20,000 years ago. It’s also a great place to cool off and explore.

05-24-14 – Lake Tahoe


On my way to the National Parks to the north, I decided to take the scenic route around Lake Tahoe.

05-24-14 – Mono Lake for Camelopardalids




I raced out to Mono Lake after work to set up to try to capture the Camelopardalid meteor shower. While the meteor shower didn’t quite live up to the more optimistic projections, I was treated to a lovely sunrise, and as I headed north, I saw a hot air balloon practicing in a nearby field.

05-24-14 – Lassen Volcanic National Park




A visit to Lassen Volcanic National Park for a scenic drive-through, stopping at every vista point.

05-24-14 – Long Beach at Night




After gathering with some friends for a belated birthday dinner, I spent some time doing long exposures at Long Beach Harbor.

10-06-12 – Victoria Beach Sunset

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10-06-12 – Victoria Beach, a set on Flickr.

Victoria Beach is located south of main beach and is known for its white sandy beach, beautiful blue-green waters and unique residences (old and new). But the main attraction is the tower that stands tall at the north end of the beach. The 16th century looking Victorian turret or lighthouse type structure, built as a spiral staircase access to the beach from the towering residence above, was built in 1926. The castle like tower is a most see for tourists and photographers.

09-22-12 – Mono Lake

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09-22-12 – Mono Lake, a set on Flickr.

My recent trip to Bodie Ghost Town for a night shoot gave me a chance to briefly visit the ever-lovely Mono Lake.

09-22-12 – Mono Lake Cemetery

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09-22-12 – Mono Lake Cemetery, a set on Flickr.

Nestled near Mono Lake, just off Highway 395, this tiny cemetery only has a few hundred buried here.

Mono Lake Cemetery is operated by Mono County Public Works and is fairly well maintained. There are over 270 identifiable graves and about 60 unidentifiable graves The earliest date of death is 1906 although it is not until the 1920s that others are found. The cemetery contains an American Legion Auxilary Memorial with 91 names of veterans. Not all names can be found on tombstones in the cemetery.

To reach this cemetery from Lee Vinning, Mono Co., CA drive 4.3 miles north on Hwy 395 to Cemetery Road, turn east and drive 1.3 miles. The cemetery is on the right or south side of the road, overlooking the lake.

Week 32 of the 366 Project for 2012

224 - Trona Stars

223 - Fisheyed Truck

222 - Ghetto Bird

221 - Sea Monkeys

220 - Swirl

219 - Fan

218 - Rune

Lightning in Joshua Tree National Park

A rare socal thunderstorm, this one far enough away that you couldn’t hear the thunder. It moved very slowly, staying in place for over an hour, so there was plenty of time to get shots. It was also a very active storm, setting the intervalometer to 10 second exposures 1 second apart resulted in nearly every photo having lightning. The clouds (and lightning) were pretty concentrated in this one area, so there was a good view of stars along with the storm.

Lightning in Joshua Tree

Lightning in Joshua Tree

Lightning in Joshua Tree

Lightning in Joshua Tree

Lightning in Joshua Tree

Lightning in Joshua Tree